By Bob Shannon King William VA
Missing from an effective strategy to fix the spending problem in government is the refusal of citizens to play hard ball when elected officials campaign on fixing X, and then don’t fix X. Citizens fail in the follow up. The primary purpose for forming the King William TEA Party in 2009 was to address this. Accountability in King William has a new meaning, it has real teeth and one of our own is about to experience the bite .
For his first term Chairman Stephen Greenwood held fast to his public pronouncements that local spending should be cut. In 2012, at his first Budget meeting Greenwood offered a proposal to cut spending across the board 5% .Naturally this was met with ridicule and cries “that can’t be done” ,by the folks who think taxpayers are ATM machines. Greenwood stood his ground voting NO 4 years in a row on the County Budget. It was inspiring.
In 2015 and after a vigorous debate on the issues ,voters sent Greenwood help in electing two new Supervisors who pledged to join Greenwood in cutting spending and getting KW taxpayers some overdue tax relief. The perception was that ( based on Greenwoods past declarations/actions) finally some of the excesses would be reined in. After 4 years on the Board and studying in detail the bloated budgets, this would finally be addressed in the serious manner that it deserved. Citizens held out hope.
Unfortunately reality set in and Greenwood with no other plausible explanation simply caved to the pressure brought first by the Zoo like atmosphere at the KW Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday February 22, orchestrated by the lies & distortions used by the utterly shameless School Board Chair, bringing out hordes of panicked parents who clearly scared Greenwood to his core. That was soon followed by the Oligarchs who continue to pound the virtues of the Land Use Tax Exemption program, a glorious scheme if there ever was one ,nothing more than a tax shifting scam hoisted upon citizens by the G.A back in the late 70’s. It was apparently more than Greenwood could stand.
Serving as Chairman this year he has not only broken faith with voters on his previously stated budget intentions, but has joined in the smear campaign against two of his own colleagues, Supervisors Hansen & Ehrhart. Now accountability must be publicly demonstrated that Greenwood won’t be allowed to get away with his betrayal, regardless of his reasons.
Voter cynicism is fueled by politicians who do exactly what Greenwood has done. The difference is this time Greenwood will be publicly held accountable. Consider this the opening salvo.